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Schools' exclusion warning.

SCHOOLS have been warned that it is "never appropriate" to exclude pupils for "minor infringements" such as breaching school uniform codes or wearing jewellery, in a report published by the Children's Commissioner for England.

Pupils should only be excluded for safety reasons or to prevent disruption to learning and not for reasons such as wearing the wrong shoes, too much make-up, or having the "wrong" haircut.

This is especially so where this is more likely to disadvantage a gender, faith or ethnic group, Dr Maggie Atkinson said.

Her advice was given in a report in which she welcomed the falling number of exclusions in English schools.

But she called for more research into "illegal practices" where schools send children home but the child's exit is not recorded as a formal exclusion.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2012
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